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     Date Submitted:31-07-2015
     Last Modified:17-10-2017 (07:31)
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     Current job:Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     KeywordsLEO Satellite, Optical, Test, Networking



    Deep understanding of optical link engineering design, optical network architecture design, access network design, different optical components, and different optical technologies.

    Extensive knowledge on different networking protocols (TCP/IP, Ethernet, OSPF, IS-IS BGP, ORBGP, RIP, MPLS, GMPLS, SDN and NFV, SNMP, SIP, RTP, FTP, HTTP) and different telecommunications systems and technologies (telephony systems, Sonet, GSM, CDMA, LTE, OFDMA, TDM, ATM).

    Exceptional research, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.

    Strong academic performance and excellent leadership skills

    Programming experience in Java, C/C++,VB with solid understanding of Object Oriented Design

    Excellent knowledge in the full software development lifecycle and excellent experience in translating high-level design into detailed specifications and business rules.

    Experience/knowledge of operating systems (Unix, Windows) and real-time operating system.

    Familiar with Clearcase/Clarify development environment.

    Dual citizenship (Palestinian and Canadian)

    Enhanced Reliability Security Clearance





    Post-doc in Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2010

    Ph.D in Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, GPA 9.0/10, November 2008

    M.A.Sc (with thesis) in Electrical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, GPA 8.7/10, March 2004




    Systems Engineer, TeleSat Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 2017-Present

    Lead the design stage for Low Earth Orbit Satellite.

    Implement and apply different protocols to the LEO constellation

    Manage network flow and satellite resources.


    Network Engineering Research Collaborator, Next Generation Communications and Computing Networks (NEXTCON) Research Lab, Potsdam, NY, 2014-2017

    Investigated L1/L2/L3 network protocols to be extended to support Smart Grid new functionality.

    Identified technical solutions in the field of Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Virtualization Functions (NVF).

    Researched and located new topics in the field of 5G.

    Applied different security solutions to the above mentioned field.

    Identify new research topics for graduate students in the above mentioned fields

    Contributed to writing grant proposals to seek funding for these activities


    Network Engineer-Research Assistance, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2010-2014

    Integrate the EPCglobal network with cloud computing to develop  a distributed Discovery Service.

    Researched the Internet of Things (IoT) subject and the EPCglobal network architecture.

    Designed a scalable distributed Discovery Service  for the EPCglobal network using BGP

    Designed a distributed Object Naming System (ONS) for the EPCglobal network

    Surveyed different wireless Technology and architectures such as GSM, CDMAONE, UMTS, CDMA2000, LTE, WiMax(IEEE 802.16), CDMA and OFDMA.

    Researched Wi-Fi(IEEE 802.11) and Zigbee (IEEE 802.15.4)

    Developed protocols for wireless heterogonous sensor networks


    Project Manger, University Of Bethlehem (World Bank), Bethlehem, Palestine, 2009

    Upgraded the curriculum of Department of Information Technology.

    Developed training module for business incubation and entrepreneurship skills.

    Supervised forth year students projects and direct them to start their own business 

    Set rules for Intellectual property rights for the university of Bethlehem



    Research Assistant, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2004-2008


    1- Designed and developed many fault localization protocols for next generation all-optical DWDM networks that guarantees fast localization, reduces over all network cost and increases scalability and simplicity. These protocols can also be applied to any high-speed switches / routers (Java and C/C++).

    Researched the weak points for all existing intra-domain and inter-domain localization protocols in traditional IP and All-optical networks

    Designed and implemented a brand new Multi-fault localization protocol known as Parallel Limited Perimeter Vector Matching (P-LVM) that speed up the localization process and can localize multiple failures at the same time without the need of any power monitoring device.

    Designed, Implemented and analyzed the performance of an Inter-domain fault localization protocol for Multi-Domain all-optical networks, this new protocol avoids exchanging any vital information about network topology among different Optical Domains through out the localization process and still does not require power monitoring devices.

    Simplified the node architecture by eliminating the needs of all power monitoring devices in the physical layer that introduce high cost and scalability issues as the optical network size grow.

    Defined an interaction rules and policies between intra-domain and inter-domain localization protocol. Furthermore, defined interaction mechanism between fault localization protocols and intra and inter-domain routing protocols such as OSPF and BGP.


    2- Constructed and developed mathematical models for next generation high-speed all-optical networks to optimize traffic distribution to promote fast localization which leads to fast protection and restoration

    Constructed a mathematical model to optimize traffic distribution in a way that meets the Limited Perimeter Vector Matching (LVM) fault localization protocol conditions so that the fault localization probability in terms of the number of localized links can be maximized.

    Constructed another mathematical model to optimize traffic distribution so that the required time for localizing any failed link using LVM is minimized.

    Formulated the fault localization optimization problems into an integer linear programming (ILP) problem and used the CPLEX optimization tool to solve the formulated problems.

    Created a heuristic algorithm to validate the mathematical models results obtained by CPLEX optimization tool, this heuristic approach attempts to satisfy LVM protocol constraints by assigning the appropriate costs to each link.


    3- Researched, Implemented, Simulated, Tested and Presented complex ideas.

    Synthesized and presented complex ideas to different government research agencies and industrials companies.     

    Used different software simulation tools such as OPNET to study the performance of the researched network configurations or network topologies.

    Conducted experiments in laboratory environment using different laboratory instruments such as Oscilloscope, Spectrum analyzer and other measurement instruments to verify the results of the tested experiments.

    Designed and simulated using Java a Routing and Wavelength Assignment (RWA) technique for metro-ring networks that ensures medium access control “fairness”

    Excellent knowledge in the full software development lifecycle

    Excellent experience in translating high-level design into detailed specifications and business rules.


    4- Teaching Assistance for the following courses

    ELG 4171 Communications Systems

    ELG 4105A Microwave Circuit

    ELG 4139  Electronics III

    ELG 3155 Introduction to Control Systems

    ELG 3170A Introduction to Communication Systems

    ELG2138A Circuit Theory I                              

    CEG 4161A Real-Time Systems Design

    CEG3180  Introduction to Computer Networks

    CEG 2136A Computer Architecture I                        

    SEG 3255A Communications and Networking

    PHY1304 Physics Lab for Engineering



    Software Designer, Nortel Networks, Ottawa, Canada, 2006.3-2007.5

    Developed features for optical modeler simulation tool using Visual Basic (.net) such as Pad Placement, Slot Assignment

    Simulated the exact behavior of different CPL optical components such as ROADM, WSS, OPM and different Fiber Type

    Proven excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

    Solved IT System problems and managed priorities in order to meet expectations


    IP Engineer, Eion Inc, Ottawa, Canada   2006.1 – 2006.2

    Converted Open IP suit from 32 bit architecture to 64 bit architecture (C/C++)


    Research Associate/ Internship, Communication Research Center (CRC), Ottawa, Canada, 2002.3 – 2004.3

    Researched intra-domain routing protocols (OSPF & IS-IS) and inter-domain routing protocol (BGP).

    Enhanced and implemented using C/C++ a novel inter-domain routing protocol called Optical Routing Border Gateway Protocol (ORBGP) based on the experience gained from BGP

    Implementation of ORBGP allowed communication between ORBGP speakers in different optical networks to exchange optical routing parameters to support light path set up and management across multiple optical domains.

    ORBGP allows interaction with intra-domain routing protocol such as OSPF

    Researched and analyzed the performance of ORBGP for different network architecture such as ARPANet, Ring and Star.

    Ran test cases to verify the proper operation of the implemented protocol


    Research Assistant, Canada Center for Remote Sensing (CCRS), Ottawa, Canada, 2000.8- 2001.2

    Researched and analyzed the operation of an existing C-band transceiver “radar” system.

    Designed a new version of the existing system to improve the signal detection by added circuitry to the C-band transceiver

    The new design achieved a complete characterization of the polarization state of detected signal


    Supervising Field Engineer, Hilal Electrical Engineering Bureau, Bethlehem, Israel                              1997.8- 2000.4

    Redesigned the electrical systems during the execution phase of complex construction sites

    Led a team of 20 technicians in establishing and Installing electrical, computer and telephone networks.

    Maintained and tested electrical systems, control panels, telephone systems and computer networks.

    Revised bill of materials.

    Organized and scheduled all phases of project milestones.

    Cooperated with other engineering teams to insure smooth operations and timely completion of the 2000 Millennium project.


    Instructor, Salesian Technical School, Bethlehem, Israel, 1997.9-1998.8

    Taught classes, conducted electronics lectures and provided technical guidance for grade eleven class of approximately 20 students.






    Optimization tools

    CPLEX 7.0/9.0

    Protocol Implementation


    Programming Languages

    Java, C/C++, Fortran-77, Visual Basic, HTML,

    Intel Assembly language (Intel 8085)

    Networking Tech & Protocols

    DWDM, SONET, RIP,  DVMRP, IGMP, MBONE, MPLS, GMPLS, RSVP-TE, CR_LDP, TCP/IP, SNMP, LAN, WAN, Ethernet, VPN, Token Ring, FDDI, ATM, FR, PPP, T1/E1, SS7, HTTP, FTP, X.25, MAC, 2600/3600 Cisco routers, MIB-II, IEEE802.16d/e, MIB-II, SNMP, SDN

    Wireless Tech & Protocols

    GSM/GPRS, UMTS, CDMA, WiMax(IEEE 802.16 family), GPS

    Operating Systems

    Windows 2000/NT/98/95, DOS, Unix, Linux

    Computer Software

    MATLAB, OPNET 11, AutoCAD 2000

    Clarify, Clear Case, .net, Eclipse, MySQL




    English: written, spoken (fluent)

    Arabic: written, spoken (fluent)





    The admission scholarship of the University of Ottawa, 2004-2008

    Elected twice as president of Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Association (EEGSA) at University of Ottawa        2004 – 2006

    Member of the CUPE2626 bargaining committee at University Of Ottawa, 2004-2005




    Journal papers

    M. G. Khair, A. Dahbi, B. Kantarci, H. T. Mouftah, “Threshold-Based Distributed Discovery Services for EPCGlobal Network,” (submitted)

    A. Jedda, M. G. Khair, H. T. Mouftah, “Decentralized RFID Coverage Algorithms Using Writable Tags,” Elsevier Computer Networks (Accepted)

    A. Dahbi, M. G. Khair, H. T. Mouftah, “Analysis and Enhancement of Chord-based Distributed Discovery Services in the EPCglobal Network,” IEEE Transactions on Computers (submitted)

    M. G. Khair, B. Kantarci, H. T. Mouftah, “Cellular IP Address Provisioning in Wireless Sensor Networks”, International Journal of Communication Systems, doi: 10.1002/dac.2451, 2012.

    A. Hafid, A. Maach, M. Khair, and J. Drissi , “Advance lightpath provisioning in inter-domain optical networks”, Journal of Optical Networking, Volume 4, Issue 11, Page(s):714-736, August 2005.

    M. Khair, B. Kantarci, J. Zheng, and H. T. Mouftah, “Optimization for Fault Localization in All-Optical Networks”, Journal of Lightwave Technology, Volume 27, Issue 21, Pages(s) 4832-4840, November 2009.


    International conference papers

    A. Dahbi, M. G. Khair, H. T. Mouftah, “A Hidden Markov Model Security Scheme for Query State Inference in Discovery Services,” Global Information Infrastructure and Networking Symposium (GIIS 2014), Montreal, Canada, Sep. 2014 (accepted).

    A. Dahbi, M. G. Khair, H. T. Mouftah, “An Enhanced Security Scheme for Query State Inference in EPCglobal Discovery Services,” The 9th ACM International Workshop on Performance Monitoring, Measurement and Evaluation of Heterogeneous Wireless and Wired Networks (PM2HW2N'14), Montreal, Canada, Sep. 2014 (accepted).

    M. G. Khair, B. Kantarci, H. T. Mouftah, “Delay Tolerant EPC-BGP for discovery services in EPCGlobal networks,” IEEE Intl. Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC), Madeira, Portugal, June 2014 (accepted)

    M. G. Khair, B. Kantarci, H. T. Mouftah, “Hybrid Threshold-Based Distributed Discovery Service for the EPCglobal Network,” Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE), Toronto, Canada, May 2014 (accepted).

    A. Jedda, M. G. Khair, H. T. Mouftah, “Distributed Algorithms for The RFID Coverage Problem,” in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Budapest, Hungary, pp. 351-355, June 2013.

    A. Dahbi, M. G. Khair, H. T. Mouftah, “Secured Distributed Discovery Services in the EPCglobal Network,” in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Budapest, Hungary, pp. 1552-1556,  June 2013.

    M. G. Khair, B. Kantarci, H. T. Mouftah, “Distributed Discovery Services via EPC-BGP for Mobile RFID,” in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Budapest, Hungary, pp. 2271-2275,  June 2013.

    M. G. Khair, H.T. Mouftah, “Distributed Multi-fault Localization for Multi-domain EPCglobal Networks”, in Proc. of  Seventh International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC), Victoria, Canada, Page(s): 95- 102,  Nov. 2012.

    Ahmed Jeddah, Mazen G. Khair , Hussein T. Mouftah, "Connected Coverage in RFID Networks and Wireless Sensor Networks", The 2nd International Workshop on Internet of Ubiquitous and Pervasive Things (IUPT’2012), August 27-29, 2012, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (accepted)

    M. Khair, B. Kantarci, H. T. Mouftah, "Heterogeneous Clustering of Sensor Networks", in Proc. International Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Sensor Networks  (EmSeNs). Page(s): 939-944, September 2011, Niagara Falls, Canada

    M. Khair, B. Kantarci, H. T. Mouftah, "Towards Cellular IP Address Assignment in Wireless Heterogeneous Sensor Networks", in Proc. of 16th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC), June 2011, Corfu, Greece.

    B. Kantarci, M. Khair, H. T. Mouftah, "Power Saving Clusters for Energy-Efficient Design of  Fiber-Wireless Access Networks", International Symposium on High Capacity Optical Networks and Enabling Technoogies (HONET), Page(s): 73 – 78, December  2010,  Cairo, Egypt

    M. Khair, J. Zheng, and H. T. Mouftah, "Distributed Multi-Failure Localization Protocol for All-Optical Networks”, The 13th International Conference on Optical Networking Design and Modeling (ONDM 2009), Page(s): 1 – 6, February 2009, Braunschweig, Germany.

    M. Khair, B. Kantarci, J. Zheng, and H. T. Mouftah, "Performance Optimization for Fault Localization in All-Optical Networks”, The fifth international conference on broadband communications, networks and systems (BroadNets08), Page(s): 531-535, September 2008, London, UK.

    M. G. Khair, J. Zheng, and H. T. Mouftah, "Distributed Fault Localization for Multi-Domain All-Optical Networks with Partial Power Monitoring”, IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications (ISCC'08), Page(s): 788 – 793, July 2008, Marrakech, Morocco.      

    M. G. Khair, B. Kantarci, J. Zheng, and H. T. Mouftah, “Optimization for Minimizing Fault Localization Time in All-Optical Networks”, 10th Anniversary International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON 2008), Volume 3, Page(s): 63-66, June 2008, Athens, Greece.

    M. Khair, J. Zheng, and H. T. Mouftah, "Distributed Fault Localization for Multi-Domain All-Optical Networks without Power Monitoring", 13th International Telecommunications Network Strategy and Planning Symposium (NETWORKS 2008), Page(s): 1-17, September-October 2008, Budapest, Hungary.

    M. G. Khair, B. Kantarci, J. Zheng, and H. T. Mouftah, “Connection Provisioning Constrained to Fault Localization in All-optical Networks”, 23rd International Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (ISCIS 2008), Page(s): 1 – 6, October, Istanbul, Turkey.

    M. G. Khair,  T. J. Hall, “Just Enough Routing and wavelength Assignment (RWA) scheme for metro-ring architecture”, The 9th International Conference on Advanced Communication Technology (ICACT2007), Volume 2, Page(s):1397 – 1401, February 2007, Phoenix Park, Republic of Korea.

    R. Radziwilowicz,  M. G. Khair,  S. A. Paredes,  T. J. Hall, “Design issues for edge nodes in agile all-photonic networks”, 2006 Workshop on High Performance Switching and Routing (HPSR 2006), Page(s):63-69, June 2006, Poznan, Poland.

    A. Hafid, M. Abdelilah, K. G. Mazen, J. Drissi, “Optical routing border gateway protocol-based advance lightpath setup”, Proceedings of the 2005 Systems Communications (ICW '05) , Page(s):223 – 228, August 2005, Montreal, Canada.


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